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Memorial Day: Bring Out The BBQ!

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and if you had a childhood like ours, it is basically the kick-off event to summer. Time to banish all those spring time sweaters and break out the flip-flops, sundresses and fire up the grill.

We love getting together with our LA friends right in our very own backyard and grilling up a tasty meal, followed by our favorite after dinner sweets! We’ve rounded up a few patriotic pieces that would be a delightful addition to any Memorial Day get together.

Patriotic Cake Pops!

Recipe for these patriotic gems here.

Patriotic Decor Pieces

Makoodle shows how easy it is to add a little red, white & blue to your home
using store bought beans (cost effective & adorable). Check out her designs here.

Outdoor S’mores Bar
Martie Knows Parties: Outdoor Smores Bar
Martie Knows Parties shares an entire list of how to create a
great outdoors S’mores bar – because you already had the grill out anyways!

And as always – a little gem of us hanging with our friends celebrating the great red, white & blue!
IBPC_PatrioticPals_Group

~ Carson ~

Spring Party Ideas: Sips & Straws

Spring is everywhere. Pastel colors are taking over and before we know it summer will be here! But while we still have the freshness that is springtime we’ve got spring parties on our minds. Nothing is more fun than dressing up in your favorite dress, perhaps donning a hat or cardigan and joining your friends for good conversation and some delicious drinks.

We’ve seen a lot of fun new drink recipes floating around and we wanted to compile them in one place to be enjoyed by many!

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria How Sweet Eats (recipe)

SoNo Sunrise At The Table (recipe)

Lemoncello Cocktail A Communal Table (recipe)

Which one are you going to try first?

~ Carson ~

Alternative Bachelorette Party Ideas: Dinner + Theater

We all know that Magic Mike was a smash hit this past summer & as fun as it is to watch those dancers shake what their mommas gave them, it may not be for everyone. The Itty Bitty gals have a lovely alternative bachelorette party idea if strip clubs just aren’t your cup of tea. Treat yourself & your closest lady-friends to an evening of dinner & the theatre!

We had the honor of seeing a private bloggers preview of I Fart in My Sleep: Confessions of an Embarrassing Life put on by The Production Company at the Lex Theatre. Hello, we were sold as soon as we heard the title! Based on the life of, written and directed by Jennifer Sorenson, Jennifer reenacts events from her past (as embarrassing as they truly were) that just about every woman can relate to. Stories about awkward phases in middle school, college, sex, marriage, children, all complete with hilarious slideshow. We have to admit, we were shedding a tear or two from laughing so hard. It’s an honest look at what life as a woman is like, it’s good to share these embarrassing chronicles of our lives. It happens to all of us!

For a unique & thoughtful bachelorette party, take a look at your local theaters to see what upcoming shows are playing in your area. Also scope out the surrounding area for a near by restaurant to grab a bite & a drink before (or after to discuss your favorite parts) with your gal pals. The wait staff might even have a tidbit or two about the theatre & what’s showing!

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, the show runs until Saturday, February 9. Enjoy this discount code for $10 off! Just enter “BLGR” when you check out at The Production Company or Brown Paper Tickets. If you’re not in the Los Angeles area (or even if you are), check out Jen’s blog I Fart in My Sleep this is where it all started!

I Fart in My Sleep

~ Kathleen ~

Party Tip: Holiday Playlist

Whether you’re a caroler belting it out in the snow or a cocoa sipper snug in your living room, just about everyone loves Christmas music. Hearing it on the radio or in the shops lets everyone know “Tis the season to be jolly!”. Itty Bitty knows the right music for your holiday party is key. Music sets the mood, guides the energy level & can even give guests a warm fuzzy feeling deep down. But what kind of holiday tunes should fill your home?

We’ve whipped up two Holiday Party play lists for you (just call us DJ Itt Bitt), one vintage & one contemporary. If you need to get the party going, throw on the contemporary playlist to lift everyone’s spirits (and feet). If you’re feeling nostalgic, the vintage list of crooners will set a classy elegant mood.

record player

Vintage

-“Merry Christmas to You” – by Dean Martin

-“Let it Snow” – by Harry Connick Jr.

-“Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” – by Brenda Lee

-“Winter Weather” – by Squirrel Nut Zippers

-“Dreaming of a White Christmas” – by Bing Crosby

-“Santa Baby” – by Michael Bublé

-“O Tannembaum” – by Nat King Cole

-“Sleigh Ride” – by Ella Fitzgerald

-“Blue Christmas” – by Elvis Presley

-“Winter Wonderland” – by Leon Redbone

-“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – by Frank Sinatra

Contemporary

-“All I Want for Christmas is You” – by Mariah Carey

-“The Christmas Song” – by The Raveonettes

-“Mrs. Claus Ain’t got Nothing on Me” – by Little Jackie

-“Last Christmas” – by George Michael

-“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – by The Jackson Five

-“Christmas Time is Here” – by Vince Guaraldi Trio (also known as the The Peanuts Christmas song)

-“Little Drummer Boy” – by Johnny Cash

-“Donde Esta Santa Claus?” – by Guster

-“Electronic Santa” – by Blazer Force

-“A Wonderful Christmas Time” – by Paul McCartney

-“It’s Christmas” – by Coconut Records

-“What Christmas Means to me my Love” – by Hanson (yes, that Hanson)

Have  a wonderful time rockin’ around the Christmas tree!

~ Kathleen ~

Thanksgiving Theme: Cabin In The Woods

This year my husband & I are hosting Thanksgiving. The honor fell to us when my husband’s former graduate-school/post college roommate announced he was coming back for an LA visit AND one of my very best friends from home was able to make the cross-country venture for Turkey Day.

And what can I say…I love an excuse to throw a dinner party. So I’ve been working hard on putting together this year’s Thanksgiving plans and about a month ago we settled on the theme Cabin In The Woods. Not just because we enjoyed the movie but because I’m currently obsessed with all things tartan, flannel and woodsy (mostly since we returned from Ireland in September). I also like the thought of a very intimate but comfortable holiday. Take a little looksy at my inspiration board that I’m drawing from below!

Cabin In The Woods Thanksgiving
Cabin In The Woods Thanksgiving by ittybittypartycommittee 
We will see how closely I get to matching my inspiration when the big day rolls around next week. There’s still work to be done on the menu, but all our guests are bringing a dish along with them which I really feel brings everyone at the party a little bit closer together (we’re currently all contributing to a menu through Google Docs – can’t have any repeat dishes!). So, what are your holiday plans? Will you be traveling over the holiday or hosting? Let us know!

~ Carson ~

Halloween Party: Costume Ideas

Halloween is one of the greatest times of year. Why? Kathleen & I love costumes. We love getting dressed up when a theme is involved or even if it just means rocking a crazy outfit for an event. It can be a ton of fun putting a lot of crafting & DIY effort into your attire (as you’ll see below).

And as the nature of our blog, we decided to share with you some of our best (or just plain ridiculous) costume ideas throughout the past. These are all costumes we rocked at actual events or parties! Perhaps they’ll unleash some inspiration towards your own costume ideas for Halloween this year!

Itty Bitty Halloween Costume Ideas

We’d love to hear what you’re planning on dressing up as for Halloween – share with us some of your favorite costumes from Halloweens past (or present)!

~ Carson ~

Party Tip: Tailgating

This weekend one of the Itty Bitty members is headed back home for the most glorious time of year (no, not the One Day Sale at Macy’s) ok, the second most glorious time of year: Football Season. I will be heading back to my beloved town of South Bend, IN to watch my Notre Dame football team in action. Aside from eagerly awaiting reuniting with old friends & family members, I have the duties of hosting the tailgate for the first time. I can’t tell you how excited I am!

Tailgate dessert table

Cute idea for a make your own sandwich bar

It’s a family affair! Me, my sister & my dad

I will be decking out our space with anything & everything Blue & Gold (and a wee bit of green). If you’re looking to host your own tailgate, Carson posted some ideas & inspiration for a Football Party. Today, I’ll give you some quick tips to make sure your get-together is a smash hit:

  • Tailgating on a warm & toasty weekend? Freeze your bottled water. Those frozen bottles will keep you & your cooler chilly all day.
  • In colder weather, bring pocket hand warmers for you & your fellow tailgaters. These are available for purchase at any drugstore or outdoor supply store near you.
  • Storage bins make for an easy-peasy transport & clean up. Bring one for dry supplies & one for anything that has gotten spilled on, soaked or covered in bbq sauce.
  • In case of sudden showers, keep a few plastic baggies on hand for small electronics. Save that phone from the rain!
  • Wet-wipes aren’t just for the kiddos, grab a pack for your guests! They do a great job cleaning up saucy bbq hands & are conveniently travel sized (how does bbq sauce manage to get on everything?).
  • Line some bins with trash bags, one for trash & one for cans/bottles. Mother Earth will thank you for the recyclables & the stinky trash can be removed without making a mess.
  • Snap a photo or make a note on your phone of where you parked. Walking back into the parking lot can seem like walking into a labyrinth.
  • Small details make a big difference! Tie ribbons in team colors around small packaged snacks or favors.
  • Itty Bitty finger foods are easiest for guests to eat. No need to fumble around with food that requires cutlery since most people will be standing (but do bring forks for side dishes & spoons for serving).
  • When in doubt, bring extras of everything. Tailgating is about catching up with old friends & making new ones!

Happy Tailgating!

~ Kathleen ~